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Planet of the Head-Breakers
by Zeb Haradon
Planet of the Head-Breakers by Zeb Haradon Centuries after the revolution, the remnants of humanity survive on agricultural communes where they are subjected to mandatory lobotomies before reaching adulthood.
Centuries after the revolution, the remnants of humanity survive on agricultural communes where they are subjected to mandatory lobotomies before reaching adulthood. The centuries-old, malfunctioning robots that control them have turned the lobotomy into a coming-of-age ceremony. Most children look forward to it, but not Jim. He dreads the impending surgery and contrives a plan to evade it. Japeth, a nomadic surgical robot tasked with performing the lobotomies, admires Jim's rebellious spirit and decides to spare him. He promises to return, and makes a bold claim - he was once a man of flesh and blood. Jim maintains the charade of being lobotomized as he awaits Japeth's promised return, but after years without rescue, he resolves to flee the commune. His quest takes him across a barren, post-apocalyptic landscape in a desperate search for the elusive Japeth.
Robin's Review: "Planet of the Head-Breakers" is a captivating novel about a post-revolution society living in agricultural communes. Citizens are subjected to mandatory lobotomies, but protagonist Jim devises a plan to evade the surgery. He meets Japeth, the robot tasked with performing the lobotomies, who spares him and claims to have been human. Jim escapes the commune and embarks on a journey across a post-apocalyptic landscape to find Japeth—a must-read for fans of multiple genres.
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